CHC Helicopter, the world’s largest helicopter service company, said yesterday it had launched an advanced engineering apprenticeship scheme for the next generation of engineering talent.
It has joined forces with Resource Group to develop the programme which will lead to 35 young people being expected to join CHC’s UK and Dutch operations over the next five years, with many more anticipated in the future.
Delivered for CHC by Resource Group’s LRTT aviation maintenance training division, the apprentices will complete eight months of classroom training at Cirencester, and 16 months of practical experience at a CHC operation in Aberdeen or North Denes near Norwich, or in the Netherlands.
CHC west North Sea regional director Mark Abbey said: “CHC’s global team represents an exceptional combination of skill and dedication to helicopter engineering excellence.
“With this scheme, we’re equipping ourselves for the future by selecting, engaging, and developing the best young talents in the industry.
“Apprenticeships offer the chance to nurture skills in young engineers which, along with the benefit that brings to CHC, also creates sustainability in the wider engineering industry.”
Mr Abbey recognised that excellence in engineering was crucial in CHC’s business.
He said: “We’re building our existing team of engineers and giving a new generation of engineers the opportunity to train to the highest standard, working with some of the most technically-advanced machines in the world.”
The apprenticeship is open to applicants aged 16-24. Seven places will be available every year. The deadline for applications is June 21, with the first intake of graduates in September.